Haiku by Cat: Yoga

Haiku by Cat: morning yoga stretch: please explain why it is called / downward facing dogToday’s haiku is by Elsa Clair.

The other day I was at physical therapy, trying to solve some persistent back and hip problems. In the course of our conversation, we discussed my daily walks with the dogs. “Do you stretch before you go?” the therapist asked.

I do. In fact, the dogs know as soon as I start stretching that a walk is imminent; it’s hard to balance while getting the quads in gear with a 74-pound hound in the way. A calf stretch becomes a little more challenging when an excited Lilah decides that’s the best time to lick your face,  as a reminder in case you forgot you were going to take the dogs for a walk.

The therapist also suggested that I stretch my back every time I get up from a sitting position.

That’s when I realized my dogs and cats are much more in tune with their bodies than I am. Every time they wake up from a nap, every last one of them yawns and stretches one way, then another.

I started watching my pets, and I found they stretch throughout the day. Because it pays to be prepared, to make sure your muscles are warm and ready. You never know when you’ll have to run across the house at full speed to bark at the UPS truck pulling in the driveway. Or a moth may flutter it’s way into the light of the house and you’ll need to get it.

Do your pets have special stretches?

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  1. Daisy says:

    I can relate to this – when I do floor exercises, Daisy likes to climb on top of me and just sit on my torso. She’ll go to all lengths to balance herself while my muscles contract and release; the problem is I keep laughing at her expressions! 🙂

  2. I need to be doing more stretching!

  3. We always stretch after a nap, and several times during the day, and what is funny, Claire does it in the morning before she gets up. Purrs

  4. Anne says:

    I’m old enough to need a LOT of stretching. I have an app on my computer that forces me to take a break once an hour and stretch. I suspect that if I could live life as a cat, I wouldn’t need it 😉

    • I just downloaded an app for my phone to do the same. My therapist said I need to get up from my chair and at the very least stretch once every 45 minutes. Cats are born stretchy I think, and they stay limber and flexible by stretching throughout their very busy days — napping.

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